These bright, hands-on digraph wheels make a wonderful literacy center focused on learning common digraphs such as CH- and SH-.

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Getting Ready

To prep for the activity, I began by printing the digraph wheels on cardstock to give them extra durability. Then, I cut around the outside border of each circle.

I wanted the kids to be able to self check later, so I clipped the correct answers with clothespins, turned each card to the back and colored a small dot to mark the correct clipping spots.


I ran them through my laminator for added strength and filled up a small basket with clothespins.

That’s it! We were ready to play.

Digraph Wheels Play

I began by laying out the digraph wheels next to the basket of pegs.

I grabbed the QU- wheel and asked the kids to place a peg on all the pictures that had a “qu” sound. Students quickly spotted the queen picture and placed a peg on it.

I assisted the kids by saying the less familiar words such as “quill” and “quail.” They listened carefully to each word and placed a peg on the other pictures that started with a “qu” sound: quilt, quarter and quiet.

Children continued playing with the other digraph wheels until they were finished. Then, they turned over the cards to check their answers.


For those early finishers, I challenged the kids to think of other words that contained each digraph. It was amazing what a long list we made!

The kids in my class loved solving the digraph wheels and the activity became a fast favorite at our literacy center!

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  1. Thank you so much for your wonderful and fun-filled activities. They are a real hit in our K classroom.

  2. I love your digraph wheels! But I am having trouble downloading them. I fill in my name and email and then I get a message saying thank you for signing up. Help?

    1. My computer opens it up in a separate file (PDF), which is where i print it from…You may look in you “Downloads” File to find them.

    2. I’m having the same problem. It goes straight to the “Appreciation” page with a free planner and a free road trip set. I’ve never had this problem with your site before.

      1. Hi Cathy,
        Thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry you’re having trouble downloading. We never want that. Please check out our troubleshooting video HERE for help. I did double check the links and they all seem to be working properly. If you still can’t get it to work, you can email me at
        Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  3. could I please download the digraph circles

    1. Hi Rebecca! Of course – just scroll down to the bottom of the post and click that blue “download here” button. Since the digraph wheels are a subscriber freebie (like all of our free printables) you’ll enter your first name and email address in the pop up box and viola! Your digraph wheels will load. Enjoy! -Malia

  4. I love these digraph wheels, however, I can’t seem to print the “sh” wheel (pg. 5). I have tried it 5 different times and it stops printing after the first two pictures (shark and cherry). HELP!!!! These are perfect and I can’t wait to use them.

    1. Hi Suzanne,
      I’m so sorry you’re having trouble printing. Have you been able to download Adobe Reader, and try to print from there?
      Adobe Reader Other is free and is the only reader that will ensure that our products and freebies download and print correctly.
      Please let me know if I can be of any further help!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

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